No. 2 Michigan falls to Wisconsin, leaving No. 4 Virginia as lone unbeaten for now

Blake SchusterYahoo Sports Contributor
Michigan’s <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaab/players/136106/" data-ylk="slk:Zavier Simpson">Zavier Simpson</a> (3) shoots against Wisconsin’s D’Mitrik Trice (0) on Saturday in Madison, Wis. (AP)
Michigan’s Zavier Simpson (3) shoots against Wisconsin’s D’Mitrik Trice (0) on Saturday in Madison, Wis. (AP)

The list of unbeaten teams in college basketball is down to just one — the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers.

No. 2 Michigan (17-1, 6-1 Big Ten) was unable to pull off a late comeback against unranked Wisconsin (12-6, 4-3 Big Ten) on Saturday afternoon, falling 64-54 for the Wolverines’ first loss of the year.

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The Badgers’ victory comes one game after falling 64-60 at No. 19 Maryland and adds to a resume with wins over No. 14 Iowa, Oklahoma and Xavier. Wisconsin had lost four of its last five ahead of its home matchup against Michigan.

The victory was sealed in the final seconds thanks to a few errant passes that became easy turnover dunks for Wisconsin and led to a 7-0 run to end the game.

Against the Wolverines, the Badgers were able to do what No. 11 UNC, No. 19 Purdue, No. 8 Villanova and No. 21 Indiana couldn’t, taking down one of the most complete — and best-coached — teams in the country.

Wisconsin held Michigan to just 40.7% shooting from the field despite having three starters combine for 40 points. Even with junior guard Zavier Simpson tallying 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals, Michigan just didn’t have the depth to keep Wisconsin from taking over the game late. The Wolverines bench combined for just nine points and seven rebounds.

The Badgers were led by senior forward Ethan Happ with 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. He was the only Wisconsin player to score in double digits.


Saturday may be turning into the day when college basketball descends even further into chaos. The last remaining unbeaten, Virginia, travels to No. 1 Duke this evening in what’s expected to be one of the marquee games of the season.

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